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05/03/2017

Appeals round-up: £12m anaerobic power plant ‘not of an appropriate scale’ for East Lothian area; Solar farm’s benefits cannot outweigh damage to green belt

Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 27th  February-3rd March 2017

£12m anaerobic power plant ‘not of an appropriate scale’ for East Lothian site

Plans for a large-scale anaerobic digester and power plant east of Edinburgh are of ‘inappropriate scale’ and unclear potential benefit, a reporter has ruled.

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Solar farm’s benefits fail to outweigh damage to green belt

Plans for a 13.9 hectare solar farm on agricultural land near Solihull, West Midlands, have been blocked because they lacked the ‘very special circumstances’ required for green belt development in the area.

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Pub conversion would harm ‘greatly important’ green belt

An inspector has rejected plans to demolish a former pub to make way for four homes because of potential harm to the green belt and the Chilterns AONB, as well as local council policy to protect community facilities. 

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Housing development near Edinburgh refused despite homes shortfall

Plans for 100 houses, 25 of which would be designated affordable, have been dismissed as too harmful to the local landscape, despite a deficit in the council's five-year housing supply.

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14-flat development blocked despite contributions to library and parks

A plan to extend an existing building to create 14 flats in Maidstone, Kent, has been refused despite perceived benefits to local facilities.

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250-home Leicestershire development will bring ‘substantial benefit’

Plans to build 250 homes west of Lutterworth have been approved after the contribution to housing provision and other benefits were found to heavily outweigh concerns.

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Anti-terror bollards approved for Belgravia

The installation of collapsible anti-terror bollards outside the German Embassy in London has been retroactively approved.

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